Port Broughton

Wednesday 27th February 2008, Port Broughton.

Port Broughton is a quaint little place, smaller than we had expected. We had a walk around town today, doing my usual thing taking photos. One thing that stood out was the one street we walked along that was lined with small holiday homes, we were looking for the other caravan park and my first thought was that we were in the park and what we were seeing were permanents sites, but further on we came across the park and decided they were in fact holiday homes. We also found out that the tides in this area, being the Upper Spencer Gulf, are different and there are only 3 places in the world that experience the same thing. The tides are called dodge tides, and the sea dodges its normal tides, ceasing to move from mid level for approximately 18 hours. The only other places where these tides occur are the Gulf of Mexico and the North American Coast. (This is an extract from a local tourist info sign) This now explains why we had noticed that the tides do not rise much from low tide.

The caravan park we are staying in is suffering from the drought, as are many others, and all the grass has died off leaving nothing but dirt. It is also very windy here and after going for our walk today we returned to find a very high layer of dust over every surface in the caravan, so it is essential from now on to leave all windows closed to hopefully prevent it again.